Rachel Alexander on What Are We to Do to Solve ‘The Boy Crisis’?

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Dr. Warren Farrell is known for his 2018 groundbreaking book, The Boy Crisis.  In it, he gives the evidence for the crisis as a global crisis, and identifies the single biggest cause as a lack of father involvement (“the boy crisis resides where fathers do not reside”). He’s been trying to bring national attention to this, and has finally gotten the attention of the White House. He initially wanted the administration to start a White House Council on Boys and Men, but was told President Trump isn’t really into creating councils. 

Farrell spoke with several high-level officials from the Health and Human Services agency, who have heard his talks. Next, he spoke with high level officials from the White House and DOJ, presenting the problem and proposing solutions. He explained how there are both economic and psychological costs of not attending to father involvement and family. He recommends creating an overarching program called Make the American Family Great Again. Underneath that would be a Father Warrior Training program to implement it. The program would teach boys how to be great future fathers; how to love and be loved in the family. They would learn in elementary school how to care and be responsible.

Trump could issue an executive order that asks each department of government to look at their already-existing programs and see how they could be channeled to address the problems in the boy crisis. Farrell documents how promoting father involvement and addressing the problems boys face would actually reduce the size of government, since dad involvement, male teachers, male mentors and dozens of other changes would lead to fewer boys and men committing crimes and being sent to prison. And fewer ISIS recruits, the great majority of whom are dad deprived. Similarly, all five of the U.S. school shooters in the 21st century who killed 10 or more people, whose backgrounds we know about, were dad deprived. And dad-deprived boys’ mothers are also more likely to turn to the government-as-substitute husband. Farrell estimates that neglecting the boy crisis costs taxpayers about a trillion dollars per year.

Farrell has also reached out to the Democratic presidential candidates. He interviewed seven of them in depth about this issue, and all were very receptive. However, when he talked to their campaign managers afterwards, they expressed their doubts, saying a focus on father involvement would alienate three parts of their Democratic base: unwed mothers, divorced mothers and lesbian couples.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of society’s attention gets focused on women and girls. But it’s not women filling up the prisons and who become separated from their children. Women now attend college in higher numbers than men, and there are more women in the workplace than men. Boys are 44% more likely than girls to drop out of high school, and 20% of these dropouts are unemployed in their 20s. That is more than five times the national unemployment rate.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Rachel Alexander